About Dexter Dias QC


Dexter Dias QC is a human rights barrister who as Queen’s Counsel has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving murder, terrorism, civil liberties, war crimes, human rights and genocide. He has been instrumental in changing the law to better protect young women and girls at risk of FGM and works pro bono internationally with survivors of modern day slavery, human trafficking and Violence Against Women and Girls.

He is also a prize-winning scholar of Cambridge University, having been elected to a Foundation Scholarship at Jesus College and winning the Lopez-Rey Prize for the highest Distinction in his research degree at the Faculty of Law’s Institute of Criminology, where he critically analysed the use of state coercive force on vulnerable young people in custody. He has researched and frequently lectured at Cambridge and been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard. He has addressed major international conferences and spoken on many national platforms around human rights and social justice issues and Violence Against Women and Girls. He chaired and co-wrote the influential Bar Human Rights Committee Report to the Parliamentary Inquiry into FGM and significantly contributed to changing the law to strengthen the national protective mechanism. His research was cited in Parliament and paid tribute to by the Home Affairs Select Committee for its critical analysis of the defects in the UK’s rights protections. He has written reports to the United Nations, briefed the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls and advised parliamentarians in both the Commons and Lords.

He is an ambassador or governor of several human rights NGOs, sits as a part-time judge in the Crown Court (including at the Old Bailey), and is authorised to try Serious Sexual Offence cases. He was finalist in Liberty and JUSTICE’s prestigious Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award and won the TMG award for Outstanding Contribution to Advocacy and Justice. He was nominated for “his outstanding commitment to the rule of law and justice for all; for his deep devotion to ensure that the voices of the weakest in society are heard.” He is ranked by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a Leading Silk in Crime and Civil Liberties, which recommend him as being:

  • “Phenomenally intelligent, he is a fantastic advocate with great analytical skills and compassion for the clients”
  • “Is passionate and extremely intelligent”
  • “An unstoppable force of nature in court”
  • “He is fantastic, is a real team player and has a great advocacy style that’s great to watch”
  • “Extremely knowledgeable and committed”
  • “He worked relentlessly for us, achieving a fantastic outcome”
  • “Nothing if not determined to seek the best result for his client”
  • “He instils absolute confidence in his clients as he considers everything”
  • “Formidable intellect together with an incisive grasp of the issues at hand”
  • “He is very good at getting to the nub of the issue and engaging with the issues the jury cares about”
  • “One of the leading lights of the legal profession”







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